According to Reverb, CBS era Fenders have a six digit serial number, which this has, and between 300000 and 340000 puts it as 1971. I know diddly about old Fenders, but I do believe Reverb. The neck pocket has some very faint numbers or writing. The neck itself is stenciled "ST-62DGF". The neck is maple with a rosewood f/b, no skunk stripe. The heel adjuster is the big philips head. I did not take the pickguard off, it was enough to tell that all the controls were working correctly.